We travel slowly and often without a plan. Things sometimes unfold as one recommendation leads to another. We had no clear plan to return to Buenos Aires when we published our article “Why is there so little StreetArt in Argentina?” . But as we were coming closer to the city, and Christmas was closing in on us, it slowly evolved as an idea to spend the holiday weekend in this city.
StreetArt in Argentina: a gallery of colourful pieces photographed in Buenos Aires and Gualeguaychu. This small stencil art decorates the facade of a shop.
San Telmo is famous for Tango, which explains why you find a tango scene mural on the wall of a school.
It proved to be a good idea as the city was much quieter than probably any other time of the year. We were able to wander through almost deserted streets. All the shops were closed, shutters firmly down and locked into place. This revealed some street art one would otherwise only discover late at night.
So here is our second gallery of StreetArt from Argentina. We spent most of our time in the centre and around the market of San Telmo . If we had consciously looked for street art we should have included suburbs like Palermo, which has a reputation for it and is often featured on other blogs. Here you see mostly pieces we stumbled upon while walking the streets, admiring Buenos Aires’ beautiful, old architecture.
StreetArt in Argentina: a gallery of colourful pieces photographed in Buenos Aires and Gualeguaychu. A multi-storey piece on the side of a house along Av. Independencia in San Telmo
StreetArt San Telmo: newspaper kiosk – one man’s trash is another man’s…
StreetArt San Telmo: a colourful, very professional looking shop front
StreetArt Argentina: a colourful mural in San Telmo (excuse the shadows thrown by a tree)
StreetArt Argentina: a very finely detailed mural in San Telmo (slowly deteriorating)
StreetArt in Buenos Aires: a bridge overpass in Palermo, Avenida del Libertador
StreetArt in Buenos Aires: this very colourful piece decorates the front of a hotel on the corner of Av. 25 de Mayo and Av. 9 de Julio
A considerable number of the pieces were photographed in a single street: Calle Libertad, which runs parallel to the wide Avenida 9 de Julio. It’s not the most salubrious street, but it is home to countless small gold and jewellery shops. The roller shutters of almost every one was decorated with street art. I have never taken so many photos of different motifs in such a short time…
Street Art Buenos Aires: this was the first piece which drew us into Calle Libertad
StreetArt Buenos Aires: a view down Calle Libertad showing all the different shutters
Street Art Buenos Aires: a fish decorates two shop fronts on Calle Libertad
Street Art Calle Libertad: side-by-side two very different pieces
Street Art Calle Libertad: two differently decorated small shop fronts, side-by-side
Street Art Buenos Aires: a small house in Calle Libertad
Street Art Buenos Aires: larger shops offer more space to apply urban art
Street Art Buenos Aires: I especially liked this very detailed reproduction of an old cassette player in Calle Libertad
Street Art Buenos Aires: another shop front on Calle Libertad
Street Art Calle Libertad: another colourful decoration on a roller shutter
Street Art Calle Libertad: tropical jungle in the city
Street Art Argentina: one of the many gold shops in Calle Libertad with a split piece, covering both shop windows
When we left Bs.As., on our way to Fray Bentos in Uruguay , we stayed in the small town of Gualeguaychu for a couple of days. This is a rather sleepy little place on the bank of a sidearm of Rio Uruguay. It was established as a port town but never had much success because the mouth of the river needs constant dredging. Some of the remaining old waterfront sheds were decorated with interesting street art.
StreetArt in Buenos Aires: a very formalised political piece on the corner of Avenida Paseo Colon and possibly Cochabamba (not sure)
StreetArt in Buenos Aires: part of a very formalised piece on the corner of Avenida Paseo Colon
StreetArt in Argentina: we found this mural in Gualeguaychu, covering an amenities block. We are almost certain that it was done by the same artist as the one in Bs.As. on Avenida Paseo Colon.
StreetArt in Argentina: the other side of a large mural covering an amenities block in Gualeguaychu.
StreetArt Argentina: one of decorations on the large gates of the old port warehouse in Gualeguaychu
StreetArt Argentina: another one of decorations on the large gates of the old port warehouse in Gualeguaychu
StreetArt in Argentina: a long wall in Gualeguaychu. I was rather intrigued by some of the detail in this piece.
StreetArt in Argentina: another section of the long wall in Gualeguaychu.
StreetArt in Argentina: section of the long wall in Gualeguaychu. See some of the detail in the top right.
At least we can now say that some regions of Argentina have more street art than others. Which only leaves us wondering why we saw so little in the west of the country…
StreetArt in Argentina: ‘Suerte’ (luck) on a small weir in Gualeguaychu. ‘Suerte’ is often used as short ‘good bye’ in South America.